By CHUCK HATHCOCK
The Grenada 5.5 United States Tennis Association women’s tennis team recently captured the state title at Ridgeland.
With the title, the group will advance to the Sectionals March 1-3, 2013, in Mobile.
In that tournament, they will compete against teams from Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
In the state tournament, the local squad lost a 2-1 decision to a team from the Delta. They would bounce back with a 2-1 win over Howington/Southwest. The next day, they won a 3-0 decision over Buchanan/Jackson, and followed that with a 3-0 win over Bradley/Gulf Coast. Those wins allowed them to win their flight and the right to play for the championship.
In the title match, Peach Ryals and Sandra Howell won 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 over Larissa Montreal and Felisah Sheppard. LaMonda Stanford and Meredith Moore dropped a 6-4, 3-6, 0-1 decision to Deidra Dungee and Ramonica Lewis. Bonnie Keene and Debby Patterson won 6-3, 7-5 in their match against Ladonna Spencer and Vanessa Wilson.